Early Years students gain valuable experience with Northumberland Children’s Centres

Early Years students gain valuable experience with Northumberland Children’s Centres  
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Early Years students from Northumberland College’s Ashington campus joined staff at Northumberland Children’s Centres to gain insight into the world of work as part of Action for Children National Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day.

The group of 18 students who are currently studying Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education spent a day shadowing various members of staff from children's centres in Ashington, Bedlington and Newbiggin to learn about various roles within Action for Children.

Each student was buddied up with a member of staff and spent the morning with their buddy discovering what they do in their day to day job.In the afternoon the group met back at the Ashington Children's Centre where they took part in workshops looking at ways to support a virtual family with various support needs.

17 year old Alanna Hart (pictured left) from Ashington shadowed children's services manager Gill Physick for the day. She said: Spending the morning with Gill has inspired me to work really hard to achieve my qualification at the college. Gill's work ethic and calm manner are the type of skills I want to develop to use in the future. I want to be a nursery nurse and eventually go on to manage my own crèche one day.

Student Julia Cavoner (pictured centre) shadowed a member of staff in the Ashington centre's nursery interacting with the children, preparing meals and helping with playwork in the centre's sensory room.

Other students were buddied with staff in various job roles including Family Support Worker, Health Visitor and Speech and Language Development Worker.

Gill Physick, Children's Services Manager at Action for Children in Northumberland said: "I was delighted to be shadowed by Alanna, she was very enthusiastic and it is great knowing that we have inspired her and the other students at the start of their career.

"This is the first time we've run the Takeover Day with Northumberland College and we hope to do this every year, extending the opportunity to students on other courses. "

The day was the start of a brand new partnership between the college's Early Years' departments and Action for Children in Northumberland. Early years' students from the college will be given placements at the children's centres across the county to gain valuable work experience essential for their future careers.

Gill Physick added: "Action for Children runs 39 services across the North East including 7 in Northumberland which provide a wide range of services including family support, nursery places, play sessions, parenting courses and breast feeding support sessions.

"This new partnership with the college will benefit young people in the area and our families in the future."